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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by sunflour, Nov 7, 2015.
that's the best time to get him ha ha!
Good morning everyone!
The last day of 2015, that was a fast year. Anyone have special plans for tonight? My biggest challenge is going to be to stay awake until midnight, probably going to require a nap sometime today to make it there, but DH has this bug that we need to do it
He's making black eyed peas with ham and greens for dinner. It's supposed to bring you luck in the new years...I wish it were pizza, that sounds luckier to me, lol.
When Dick Clark got to old to ring in the New Year, guess we did as well so DH usually stays up and I go to sleep at my usual time , but neighborhood fireworks usually wake me up on cue to "witness" the New Year. It has been raining, raining, raining and flooding around around our area, so guess the night will be quieter this year . But likely they will find a way to do it anyway.
We traditionally don't usually cook the greens, BE peas til New Years Day, but thinking about going ahead and fix it tonite - a jump on some NY's luck wouldn't hurt. We are also having ham (smaller than the one you mentioned. LOL)
Both DH and I were raised with the superstition that ALL Christmas decorations have to be down and at least ready to go into storage before the stroke of Midnight to avert bad luck for the next year - so got a busy day today to get all packed up and the tree out of the house today. At least DH got all they yard stuff collected yesterday during a lull in the rain so it can dry to store.
*** Make sure to eat more greens than black-eyed peas - greens are dollars, peas are pennies .
LOL, we weren't sure if the black eyed peas & ham were supposed to be eaten today or tomorrow so we figured we'd cover our bets...make it up today, have a bite and then tomorrow have it as a meal. Interesting about the greens being dollars and the peas pennies, I didn't know that! How does corn bread figure into it?
We've both been raised to take the decorations down on NY day so tomorrow it is. I've enjoyed our tree so much this year, it was the biggest one we've ever had. Plus, it makes a great night light for stumbling from the bedroom to the kitchen for that first cup of coffee
I'm sorry to hear you're getting some of that rain and flooding. What a mess. Please take extra measures to stay safe!
No idea about the cornbread - just to sop up the juice from the peas?
Almost every year we overlook at least one Christmas thing and discover it months later - never really made a difference in luck
At least I live on higher ground but even here some areas are ponding
Ken was often deployed over Christmas and New Years'. I remember one year when Tam was 11, Terrin was almost 9, and Kenny was almost 7. The ship was due back in port on the 15th of December, so we thought we were going to have an incredible Christmas. I had whipped their excitement into a near frenzy. But then due to the Iranian hostage crisis that took place in November, the ship's tour was extended. It was so hard to tell them that Daddy wasn't going to be home for Christmas after all, and we were provided with no second date for return. The kids decided that we'd wait to have Christmas until he got home, and that was that. So they each opened one gift Christmas morning, then we packed Christmas away. We finally got word that the ship would be back in March. So in March we got everything out again, put the unopened gifts under the tree, and had one heck of a good time sharing Christmas with Daddy after all. I have never been prouder of three little kids than I was that year! They got it - they understood how important Ken's job was and they understood why they had to "share" him.
And every New Year's Eve, the kids and I (and Ken, if he was home) had a little New Year's party. They got to snack on all the junk food they wanted, and they even got 7-up in little plastic cups so they could toast! One of the things we did was get out the calendar for the New Year, and we all got to "choose a birthday". Tam's real birthday was December 5th, mine on the 29th, Terrin's on January 4th, Kenny's on January 9th, and Ken's on January 10th. Yeah, nothing like being a close-to-impoverished young Navy family with all of that at Christmas time. So one by one we each studied the calendar and chose a date to observe our birthdays. The only rules were it couldn't be on any holiday, and there could only be one birthday for a particular month. So if Tam was first and chose June, nobody else could have June. If they wanted, they could keep their actual birthday, but I don't remember that anyone ever did that. We also rolled dice to see who went first, etc. It was so much fun! Then on their "appointed birthday" they got a birthday party with all the trimmings. Made each of them feel so special.
Wonderful memories @Blooie I guess you've always been a smart woman!
I don't know that it as much "smart" as practicing "self-defense"!